First Impression Management

4 Tips for a Fabulous First Impression

Posted by Liz Taylor Jul 28, 2015

Did you know that first impressions are formed in as little as 5 seconds?  Creating a memorable and positive impression can be pretty easy if you practice the following tips:

1.)    Never under estimate the power of body language. Stand tall when meeting someone, present a genuine smile and maintain appropriate eye contact. Doing these three little things exude confidence.

2.)    Dress to Impress. Think about the event or meeting you are going to attend and dress accordingly. If you aren’t sure about what others will wear, it’s always better to dress up versus down.  Shine your shoes, have a clean tailored suit, an appropriate hairstyle, wear classic jewelry and be aware of whether or not you have fresh breath.  

3.)    Always repeat names.  After introducing yourself, repeat the other person’s name in your following sentence. People love to hear their name being called out and almost always warm up to others when their name is used.

4.)    Speak Clearly.  Articulate your words and mirror the person you are speaking with. If you happen to be talking to a slow talker, slow down. 

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“How refreshing and timely. From the texting generation to the baby boomers—the art of etiquette is sadly disappearing. Whether you just need a touch-up or a full immersion, Liz, is the person to teach you the skills to appear confident, elegant and professional in any business situation. Her energetic and engaging style will make this one of the most enjoyable seminars you have ever taken! Liz is awesome!”

—Chuck Bokar, Principal, Design Resource Center

“Absolutely superb! Liz has an amazing knack for presenting her concepts in a thought-provoking and clear style. Her ideas and suggestions would enhance anyone's ability to bridge the gap between business and etiquette. She clearly has a deep understanding of not only the topic, but the thought processes that go into creating better interpersonal relationships out of socially awkward situations. I highly recommend her and her coursework...she will help your business!”

—Brad Guck, District Manager, Administaff

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